Iowa: Dan Green Slough

DU Living Lakes Project Highlight
Dan Green Slough is a 312-acre palustrine emergent marsh located in Clay County. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, a key DU partner in Iowa, owns and manages this popular public wildlife management area. Following decades of high water levels, poor water quality and degraded waterfowl habitat, DU and the Iowa DNR recently partnered to bring this wetland back to life.

DU's engineering staff surveyed, designed and installed new management features, including a pump and fish barrier, to allow agency staff to manage water levels and mimic wet-dry cycles, as well as keep invasive fish from re-entering the marsh. These improvements will provide critical foraging and breeding habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.  

This project was funded in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant and DU major sponsors.

Partners: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited